Give students an outline with some words missing to help keep students on task and promote comprehension.


During a lecture or presentation, a teacher can provide a copy of their notes with certain key words omitted. Then students can listen for the missing words during the presentation and fill in blanks. This can be a helpful alternative to expecting students to take notes independently or copying notes from a board in their entirety.

Further Reading:

Boyle – Note-Taking and Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities: Challenges and Solutions (2012)

The Teacher Toolkit – Guided Notes

Classroom – How to use the Cloze Technique for Middle School

Written by: Louis Olander
Reviewed by: Kathy Furlong Silverio



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